Marie Laveau, Madame LaLaurie, Countess Báthory and the Ten Commandments

Ode to the Mastery of Evil

I am very much a student of history and as such, there are those people I find fascinating and stimulating. I respect “Leaders”; they are the ones with the courage to go it alone and say “Fuck Off” when a particular situation so dictates the necessity. I want to point out some women for their “brand” of culture and societal impact. Some are good and some are bad however, all are recognized for the mastery of their chosen proclivity. Let’s get started…….

1. Marie Laveau First on my list (in no certain order), from my hometown of New Orleans, is Marie Catherine Laveau. Marie Laveau is respected by many practitioners of the magical arts. Known as the Voodoo Queen, her ‘pink’ burial plot (St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, South Quadrant) often serves as site for Voodoo, Hoodoo and other ritualistic acts, including Satanic Black Masses. Marie Catherine Laveau Burial Plot St. Louis Cemetery New Orleans LouisianaMarie was a Creole free person of color, a hairdresser born from her mother’s brief plaçage arrangement and a skillful gris-gris Voodoo practitioner. She would hold ceremonies, dance naked around a bonfire, and sell gris-gris bags. Of her “magical” abilities, she claimed to have saved men from the gallows, healed the sick, and remained forever youthful. She is said to have died in her home, peacefully, in 1881. Trivia: Angela Bassett played Marie Laveau in the FX Network American Horror Story: Coven television series.

2. Marie Delphine LaLaurie Next up is Marie Delphine LaLaurie. Often calledMadame LaLaurie”, she was ahead of her time in more ways than one. She was a socialite, politically connected (her cousin was Mayor of New Orleans), was the wife of a physician, chained her cook to the stove, met the Queen of Spain and was a serial killer in Louisiana’s history. Delphine had a penchant for pain and she was exacting when administering her definition of discipline. She enjoyed the starvation of her slaves, issued slow, excruciatingly painful beatings, slashing / flaying their skin and other brutal mutilations such as chaining the victim up-side-down with weights suspended from the victim’s neck while she administered beatings with horse whips. This type of torture would last until the victim expired; sometimes as long as a week! Her beautiful mansion on Royal Street had been transformed into a stylized ‘little shop of horrors’ as revealed to the public following a fire in 1834 at the home. After the fire, the grizzly acts were revealed and it is believed Delphine fled to Paris however, some skeptics claim she never went further than the north shore; carrying on her vexing methodologies until her quite mundane death……..succumbing to pneumonia although a hunting accident has also been used as her cause of death. It is estimated that the number of slaves who died at the hands of LaLaurie could be as many as one hundred. Trivia: Kathy Bates played Madame LaLaurie in the FX Network American Horror Story: Coven television series.

3. Countess Elizabeth Báthory Elizabeth Báthory (known as the Blood Countess) was one of the most prolific female serial killers in history however, I find hMarie Delphine LaLaurie. Often referred to as "Madame LaLaurie", she was ahead of her time in more ways than one. She was a socialite, politically connected (her cousin was Mayor of New Orleans), was the wife of a physician, chained her cook to the stove, met the Queen of Spain and was a serial killer in Louisiana's interesting because she bathed in the victim’s blood; often bathing in the warm blood while her victim was being bled-out (exsanguination) while dying. Other brutal acts included, biting the victim to draw blood, beating the victim, burning, crushing fingers and hands, freezing, starving and exsanguination. She also forced one victim to cut off, cook and eat her own flesh before beating her and draining her blood into a bathtub……for Báthory’s healthcare regiment bath. After her husband’s death, she and four collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of girls and young women, with one witness attributing to them over 600 victims, though the number for which they were convicted was 80. Elizabeth herself was neither tried nor convicted. In 1611, she was punished for her crimes by bricking her up in rooms of the Csejthe Castle. She died in 1614.

Ten Commandments; Constitution for the United States of Xtianity?

I am often asked my opinion about the ten (10) commandments so I felt inclined to write about the subject. As you may be aware, the commandments we originally chiseled upon stone tablets during an alleged time of unrest as Moses struggled to bring the jewish escapees under control after fleeing Egyptian bondage. As the story goes, during a forty-day stay on Mount Sinai, Moses received the Decalogue (10 Commandments) and instructions which he was to deliver to the jewish people waiting below. The events were recorded in the Pentateuch. {a.k.a. the Five Books of Moses, the first part of the Hebrew Bible [Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy]. In Judaism, it is called the “Torah” and is the first part of the Tanakh. In xtianity, it is known as the first part of the Old Testament}. This is probably more than you wanted to know……………The Bible Is Bullshit and Lies!

So, what better mechanism to control a mob of religiously-inclined extremists? Perhaps the word of god…… writing, no doubt set the stage for the coming Zealotry and Judaean revolt!! Even Maimonides was proud of the mileage gained from “The Big 10”. When challenged on any religious subject, one could simply say “god will not be questioned”…..end of the conversation.

“Those who observe the nature of the Universe and the commandments of the Law, and know their purpose, see clearly God’s mercy and truth in everything; they seek, therefore, that which the Creator intended to be the aim of man, viz., comprehension.”  Guide for the Perplexed (circa 1190) by Moshe (Moses) ben Maimon

So, when “all hell” was breaking loose, Moses decided to take a hike up a mountain. During this 40 day jaunt, god decided the time was right to give a few laws; some moral code to serve as the basis for civilization to frame existence and harmonize coexistence for all people, of all beliefs, everywhere. It just so happened, god felt this urge right when ‘his’ people were growing impatient…….waiting for entry into their ‘promised land’; promised by god however, no one told the inhabitants about god’s plans. Some accounts attempt to excuse the jews by claiming Egyptians were the ones worshipping idols however, a golden calf was built and worshipped. Bull worship was quite common during that time in history. In modern society, Bullshit worship is very common!!

When god Spoke……It Must Have Been Important!?!???!??

So, what important messages were given to his beloved children whom he loved? Let’s take a look at some tidbits that seem more discombobulated than Quentin Tarantino directing a Passion Play.

1. “I am the lord your god, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.”

Ok, if you feel the need to tell everyone you are god………….. Is this the most important information to be communicated at this juncture? My opinion: “Epic Fail!”

2. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the lord your god, am a jealous god, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love me and keep my commandments.”

It is going to be difficult to get an ego this size into any temple………perhaps that is why jewish temples and xtian churches are so damn large!! Another opportunity to share the secrets of life and Religion Is Lies In Any Languageperhaps the cure for cancer however, god takes a few more minutes to stroke the ole’ ego again. More stroking continues in #3.

3. “You shall not take the name of the lord your god in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”

Alright, there is a common theme emerging here, goddamn it!

4. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the sabbath of the lord your god.”

More “worship me” conditional language. Where could he be worshipped better than at a temple, church, etc. Bring your money and drop it off.

5. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the lord your god is giving you.”

Well, this was out of ‘left field’. Not the most usable information………….probably aimed at more control and worship.

6. “You shall not murder.”

Now this seems appropriate although, it is very vague. Do animals count or just humans? How will I get my golden calf to stay on the bun if I don’t kill it? This must not apply to the animal sacrifices…… know, when innocent animals are murdered in god’s name????? Too fucking confusing…….. now I want a hamburger!

7. “You shall not commit adultery.”

So, is this really the most important in the running order? What about rape? Is rape ok as long as adultery is not committed? What about pedophilia? Well, I guess that would limit the job perks when recruiting for the church………..“$hit Fire, WTF?”

8. “You shall not steal.”

So, feel free to rape, beat ’em half-to-death, but do not take the jewelry. This sounds like a bad “Dean Martin Roast” gone terribly wrong!!!

9. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

?????????? Really???????? Really???????? Pretty lame!

10. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Now, is this the big finale? Do not covet your neighbor’s donkey? Really? No cure for cancer, end to hunger or “useable” information?Sanctum of Shadows Volume II Corpus Satanas

A few years ago, George Carlin revealed his belief in his usual (and funny) manner. Here is his “take” on the ten commandments.

“About five thousand years ago, a bunch of reli­gious and political hustlers got together to figure out how they could control people and keep them in line. They knew people were basically stupid and would believe anything they were told, so these guys announced that God— God personally—had given one of them a list of Ten Commandments that he wanted everyone to follow. They claimed the whole thing took place on a mountaintop, when no one else was around.”

So, what do you think?

Until next time,

Aleister Nacht


“True Detective” – Louisiana, Satanism, Devil Worship, Voodoo and Child Sacrifice

I have been asked by several readers if the HBO series “True Detective has accurately portrayed Voodoo (Voudon) and Devil Worship in Louisiana. After much thought, I have decided to weigh-in on the subject…….so to speak.True Detective on HBO

I grew up and spent the better part of 22 years in southern and northern Louisiana. One thing I can unequivocally say is the northern and southern parts have only one thing in common; both are in Louisiana. Almost polar opposites (in my opinion) are these two very different cultures and societies. During my years in New Orleans, I became quite accustomed to and familiar with the practices of Hoodoo, Santería and VoudonMy earliest influences of magic were from Hoodoo and Voodoo practitioners. I learned so much from those who were eager and willing to share. Most of my knowledge of these practices came predominately from African-American women. The practice of Hoodoo and Voodoo are closely related to the study of Satanic Magic and Demonic Rituals; several similarities and common denominators exist.

“Is there any monster in this world worse than man? This is hard to talk about and harder to believe, but some of the suspects have told us their intention in all of this was devil worshipping. We are in disbelief about all of this. Never in a million, million years would we have guessed that he was capable of these things.” Reference

I suppose you are reading this blog post and really wanting to hear the “nitty-gritty” of what True Detective is portraying; ritualistic child sacrifice. The fact that True Detective takes many of its elements from actual events and records, adds greatly to its realism and I believe, to its overall impact. Yes, children have been hurt and in some cases, killed during rituals and ceremonies in Louisiana.Inverted Crucifix in Woman's Mouth

“In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart are brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked in 1995. As the inquiry unfolds in present day through separate interrogations, the two former detectives narrate the story of their investigation, reopening unhealed wounds, and drawing into question their supposed solving of a bizarre ritualistic murder in 1995. The timelines braid and converge in 2012 as each man is pulled back into a world they believed they’d left behind. In learning about each other and their killer, it becomes clear that darkness lives on both sides of the law.” Reference

I was instinctively drawn to the first episode because it was filmed in Louisiana. After the first episode, I was hooked. While watching each episode, I could almost smell the stench of stagnant back-water bayous, feel the humidity and sweat running down my face, smell the cafe’ au lait at Café du Monde and taste the Crawfish Étouffée in New Orleans (pronounced Nawlins). The story is set in rural Louisiana nonetheless, there are countless Familiars for me. I love Louisiana and always look back in time with fondness however, it was not the best of times……Heroin almost killed meAs I said before, Louisiana has had actual cases of child molestation, children used in rituals and child sacrifice. For me, it is not a huge stretch of the imagination to accept True Detective as factual; perhaps even a documentary on ritual sacrifice or the wide-spread, systematic exploitation of those who are at a disadvantage.

I knew people who practiced certain “Rituals” in the swamps west of New Orleans. For me, they were ‘hardcore’ and over the line so I did not pursue a relationship beyond the occasional beer in the Quarter (French Quarter). While I do not know of any specific criminal activities, it would not be difficult to imagine these people being involved in something like Rust and Marty experienced in True Detective. There were always rumors of “expirations” surrounding those who operated in the shadows of the Louisiana societal fringe.  Those who have experienced life on “the street” know the best way to avoid becoming alligator bait is to keep the lips pressed tightly together. More than one person paid the ultimate price for asking too many questions or ignoring subtle, yet well-articulated advice to “shut-the-fvck-up”.Nude Satanic Ritual Altar Woman

The sacrifice of a child and rendering of innocent blood holds special magical attributes for some. To take the life of another would not be difficult for some individuals. Whether you label it Satanism, Paganism, Hoodoo, Voodoo or Politics, all have their share of sociopaths and psychopaths. They believe the use and incorporation of blood, regardless of its source, will make the coven’s magic stronger. In Louisiana, the predominance of Voodoo lends itself to being more of what True Detective is all about. References to Voudon, Marsh Cult (a.k.a. Marsh Mafia), Carcosa, Société Voudon Gnostique and Circir de mardis gras point to groups, circles, cults, covens etc. that may embrace maladaptive behaviors and incorporate them into ritualistic practices. From an aspect of Hoodoo, I would venture to say the possibilities of child sacrifice are less common simply by virtue of the ritual or magical operation.

The commission of illegal acts during rituals is nothing new. The practice has been happening since the beginning of recorded history and perhaps will continue well beyond the time you and I tread upon this dirt ball. One fact remains; children are abused and murdered every day around the world. It does not require a coven nor shouting “Hail Satan”. Our society as a whole does better than any coven could dream of doing!! For that reason, I believe the events of True Detective could in fact, happen. The sun will set on the Bayou and tomorrow, the sun will rise. Whatever happens in between is…….”better left unsaid”.

I must admit, I greatly enjoyed the series and was a bit sad after the finale. If you have not watched this series, it is On Demand and is definitely worth the investment of your time. For those who stick their heads in the sand of xtianity, be aware of the reality of the world. Xtians and the established church have perfected the art of ritual human sacrifice better than any occult practitioners.

Laissez les bons temps rouler………….

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